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147: Games that will be broadcast and streamed live from opening night (May 6) through the conclusion of the regular season (Aug. 14).

27: Possible playoff games, a record high and all of which will be broadcast as part of a collaboration between Google, a league Changemaker and Presenting Partner of the WNBA Playoffs, and Disney Networks.

18: Number of All-Star Games the league will have played after the July 10 event. Reports indicate defending champion Chicago will host the game at Wintrust Arena.

10: Games per team designated as Commissioner’s Cup contests. The in-season competition, in its second year, has a $500,000 prize pool on the line for players.

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4: Number of past WNBA MVPs — A’ja Wilson, Nneka Ogwumike, Candace Parker and Diana Taurasi — who will be playing in the opening night doubleheader featuring the Los Angeles Sparks at Chicago Sky and the Las Vegas Aces at the Phoenix Mercury.

 

 

 

 

Heart and sole

 

As Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner remains detained in Russia, the team and the WNBA announced that the work she started in the Phoenix community with BG’s Heart and Sole Shoe Drive will return this season in partnership with Phoenix Rescue Mission. Similar initiatives will take place in every WNBA market to honor Griner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sponsor loyalty

■ Anheuser-Busch, Gatorade and Nike have been WNBA sponsors since the league’s inception.

In 2020, the league launched its WNBA Changemakers platform with partners AT&T, Deloitte and Nike. Google joined the group in 2021, and U.S. Bank entered last month.

Google, the league’s top TV advertiser last season, earned 14 million impressions during WNBA telecasts with its “First of Many: 2021 Women’s History Month” spot, which included footage of a WNBA game.

■ 38: Percentage of WNBA fans who correctly identified Gatorade as the league’s official sports drink in last year’s annual Sponsor Breakthrough study fielded for SBJ by Marketcast, making it the league’smost recognized partner.

 

 

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